The Master of Claude de France was one of the last great French illuminators. His was a fine and delicate style, characterized by the use of subtle lilacs, mauves and roses, juxtaposed with chartreuse and royal blue. Over the last several years, the Morgan has acquired some of the Claude Master's works (finished in only twelve years from ca 1508 to 1520), of which nearly two dozen items will be featured in this exhibition. The centerpiece is the Prayer Book of Claude de France, one of two tiny, jewel-like manuscripts that he painted for the queen of France and after which the artist was named. Also on view are twelve newly discovered calendar miniatures, which the Morgan recently acquired, next to manuscripts by Jean Bourdichon, the Claude Master's teacher, and by Jean Poyer and Jacques Ravaud, two artists active in Tours who influenced him.
(Picture: The Morgan Library & Museum)